Watford and Stoke each fined £25,000 by FA for failing to control players

Watford and Stoke City have each been fined £25,000 by the FA for failing to control their players during their Premier League meeting last month.

The two clubs were charged after a clash between players in the final minutes of Stoke’s 1-0 victory at Vicarage Road.

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Watford captain Troy Deeney grabbed Stoke midfielder Joe Allen’s face and neck, with match referee Michael Oliver showing a yellow card to both players.

Deeney has been since banned for three matches for violent conduct.

The striker was seen pressing his fingers into Allen’s face after a melee started when Deeney refused to give the ball back to Stoke’s players who had put it out for a throw-in to treat an injured player.

Allen and Deeney squared up and a number of other team-mates on both sides got involved.

Deeney will miss Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Everton and will also sit out games against West Ham and Newcastle. He is eligible to return against Manchester United on November 28 at Vicarage Road.

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